We’re not suggesting that Hilton is desperate for cash, but Hilton Honors has launched another promotion offering a 100% bonus when you purchase 10,000+ points.
The Hilton ‘buy points’ page is here. You have until 15th July to buy.
Regular readers of Head for Points will know that I tend to value Hilton points at 0.33p each. You are paying 0.39p (0.5 cents) here so the maths in general doesn’t work.
HOWEVER ….. there ARE real bargains to be had at peak periods. Conrad Maldives at 95,000 points per night, the new Waldorf Astoria Maldives at 120,000 points, the ‘all suite’ Conrad New York Downtown or Conrad New York Midtown at 95,000 points etc are places where you will usually save a lot of money by buying points instead of paying cash.
This is especially true if you have Hilton status and can get ‘5 nights for the points of 4’ on a longer stay. If you don’t have status, this article shows you how to get a Hilton Honors status match.
If you are just buying a handful of points to top off your account, the price per point doesn’t matter anyway. If you are a few thousand short of a redemption then this is a decent opportunity to buy them.
Rooms booked on points are also fully refundable, except on some rare occasions such as New Years Eve in key cities. This gives you extra certainty if you want to book but are worried about, for example, future quarantine restrictions at your destination which mean you can’t travel.
If you have an American Express Platinum …..
As with the IHG ‘buy points’ deal last week, there is an interesting arbitrage here if you have an American Express Platinum card. If you were thinking of transferring any Membership Rewards points to Hilton Honors at the 1:2 rate, it is actually a better deal to:
- buy the points for cash using your American Express Platinum card
- pay off the balance using Membership Rewards points (remember that you get 0.9p per point when you use them as statement credit until 20th July)
You will get the equivalent 2.2 Hilton points per 1 Amex point this way, instead of 2 Hilton points if you do a direct points transfer!
You can buy Hilton Honors points via this link. The offer ends on 15th July.
How to earn Hilton Honors points via UK credit cards
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as they hold the card? It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and Melia Rewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Hilton Honors points. That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)